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Today’s high-tech cars come equipped with WiFi, voice activation and GPS navigation. All of these advances make for a better driving experience. They also make vehicles vulnerable to a new kind of theft. It’s called car-hacking, and it’s a trend that has police officers and security experts working overtime to keep up.

Disturbing surveillance videos have captured high-tech criminals using a device that fits into the palm of their hand. It mimics a car’s actual remote control and can electronically pop the locks of many makes and models. Thieves enter in seconds. Worst of all, the lack of forced entry also means a lack of fingerprints—making the thieves harder to track.

Did You Know?

48.2Seconds the rate car theft occurs in the U.S., according to the FBI.

Modern car systems can be made up of 20 to 70 computers that control everything from tire pressure to brakes to automatic door locks, which allows sneaky hackers access to a car’s interior.

In other words, the technology that allows you to unlock your car remotely and perform other functions can create a vulnerability that hackers take advantage of. Hopefully, manufacturers of next-gen cars will take hacking-related concerns into account.

In the meantime, here are a few common-sense guidelines that can help deter break-ins from everyday thieves as well as would-be hackers.

Common-sense ways to deter Car Thieves
  • 1 Avoid parking in remote or isolated areas where hackers are more likely to strike.
  • 2 Keep your car registration in your wallet, instead of the glove compartment, to avoid identity theft.
  • 3 Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. Sunglasses, wallets or bags left in the console or on the dashboard give hackers an incentive to strike.